Sacred Lifeboats: September 11, 2001

Sacred Lifeboats presents:

A Community-Building Symposium
February 1, 2 & 3, 2008 Buckhorn Springs, Ashland, Oregon


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Diana Leafe Christian – presenting with:
Carolyn Shaffer, David Kaar, Zoe Alowan and Bill Kauth


We envision a HOME TOWN LIFEBOAT - which is a funny name but it gets the small town feeling we all seem to want, plus a sense of the security of people preparing together for the unknown. We imagine these communities as people living in separate homes roughly bicycle distance apart. Our conversations and presentations will be focused on how can we each best co-create this vision in our own neighborhood.


We want to bring forward the best resources we can find around this topic of “building a home town lifeboat community.” Our hope is that you will feel motivated and capable of beginning to create the community you have always wanted. We want you to return home with knowledge and skills useful in making decisions needed to get started in a good way. Ideally you will know what to do and how to do it. And you will be part of a brand new, on-going network of splendid people taking on the same exquisite challenge.


We will offer an overview of field-tested methods for starting successful intentional communities, both non-residential — with members living within “bicycling-distance” or in existing neighborhoods — and land-based, intentional communities. These methods include preventing “structural conflict”; mission and purpose; power and decision-making (including consensus); the crucial relationship between membership process, mission-purpose, and decision-making method; antidotes to four common sources of community conflict; building a sense of trust andconnection. Also creating genuine intimacy, shadow work, gender safety, conscious economics, spiritual alignment, and models of community-spirited play and poetry. (And for people seeking residential communities, information on finding and financing property, and legal entities for owning land together.)


We’ll invite you to slow-down when you get to the site and at times suggest mindful eating and walking. There will be wisdom shared by deeply competent presenters. Experiential learning, animated conversations and active listening will be practiced as we learn from each other. Some community skills will be learned in a creative environment of story, song and ceremony.


We recommend this event for people who feel the current precariousness of our social, economic, environmental situation and clearly recognize the vital importance of living in a trusted community of friends and colleagues during potential difficult times ahead. Symposium participants are leaders/social entrepreneurs willing to call community together, make hard decisions, hold a safe container in which an emerging community group might bond and eventually self organize.


We intend this work for people who have already done adequate emotional, psychological and spiritual work. We require mature personal boundaries coming into this learning/conversation. Prior self awareness work, recovery or spiritual practices necessary. Personal interview will take place as part of the application process.


Diana Leafe Christian: Author of Creating a Life Together: Practical Tools to Grow Ecovillages and Intentional Communities, and Finding Community: How to Join an Ecovillage or Intentional Community. Editor of Communities magazine for 14 years, Diana now publishes a free online ecovillage newsletter, “Ecovillages and Sustainable Communities,” ( She speaks and leads workshops internationally, and her articles have appeared in publications ranging from Mother Earth News to The Encyclopedia of Community. She’s been interviewed by media ranging from Time Magazine and the New York Times to AARP Magazine and NPR. Diana lives at Earthaven Ecovillage in North Carolina. (Web site:

Carolyn Shaffer: Co-author of Creating Community Anywhere: Finding Support and Connection in a Fragmented World, Carolyn has been intentionally generating community in residential and non-residential forms since 1970. She also holds a private practice as a clinical hypnotherapist and life coach. Web site:

David Kaar: As a recovering corporate physicist, David has slowly mutated into one of the primer facilitators and leader trainers of the ManKind Project International (MKP). In 2001-03, he served as Chairman of MKP which has 100+ communities around the world. Currently living in Minneapolis MN, his passion is training men and women to facilitate process work in any and all containers.

Zoe Alowan: Actively engaged in sacred arts for decades as a painter, sculptor, dancer, storyteller, mime and educator, her work explores transformation, healing and sacred goofy theater. Zoe weaves an inspired energy of beauty, humor, song, and authentic movement as ways of celebrating essential wisdom.

Bill Kauth: Besides an astonishing string of community building failures, Bill also visioned and co-founded in 1984 the New Warrior Training Adventure (of the ManKind Project – ) in 1990 the Inner King Training and the Warrior Monk in 1995. He authored the book A Circle of Men published by St. Martins Press. Web site: He never gives up!

When: This event runs 3 days and 2 nights: Friday noon until 4:00 Sunday.
Where: We’ve chosen Buckhorn Springs, a quiet, organic retreat center located in the countryside. Directions at

Total: $180.00 + contribution. Room & Board: Food and lodging will be $180.00 at Buckhorn Springs (or $240 for single rooms). Tuition Costs: By contribution. In the spirit of this work we will use an alternative way of financing this facilitated gathering. At the end, we will ask you to both give us some solid feedback and to make a contribution based on your

  1. 1. value received
  2. 2. ability to pay,
  3. 3. commitment to furthering this work.

REGISTRATION: Please call Bill or Zoë at 541-482-2335, Or e-mail: or

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